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December 10th 2020

From the Director

Dear CEC colleagues

The faculty board will soon decide on our new formal organisation, which means that a director and four deputy directors – focusing on undergraduate education, PhD-education, research development and stakeholder interactions – will lead CEC.

The reorganization will also have secondary consequences on various roles at CEC. With this reorganization, we will have the strength to tackle some inspiring challenges that were brought up in our work with the plan of actions, the staff days and discussions in CEC “kollegium”.

- First, to develop Environmental Science as a subject in research and education. What do we actually mean by Environmental Science?  How are we complementary and synergistic to existing subject? What steps should we take to sharpen our profile in research and education?

- Second, to build an academic environment, with the challenge to strengthen CEC both internally while maintaining and developing our large networks. To expand our base, we need to attract internal and external funding. This will only happen if we can make CEC an even more inspiring environment to discuss and develop new initiative – big and small!

- Third, capitalizing on a number of recent developments we have decided to significantly strengthen our dialogue with stakeholders. This will require thoughtful developments that balance scientific integrity and integration of stakeholder perspectives, but if successful will give us leverage to impact sustainable development as well as attract new funding based on knowledge co-creation. 

As chair of the new board, I look very much forward to be part of this discussion on a strategic level, even if I am not in an executive function.




From the Management

An update on CEC’s locality needs have been sent to the faculty and work is ongoing to find alternatives. For now, we have the same office space as before. Since we are still expanding, some people are going to change rooms. You will be updated on the process. 

There is a shortage of administrative staff right now due to illness, so please be patient if you cannot get the assistance you are used to. For urgent matters, please contact Karin Hofvendahl. During the Christmas break most administrative staff will be on leave and return from 7 January 2021. 

This is the last newsletter of 2020. Make sure to use the Christmas break to relax and gather new strength for next year’s challenges. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

/The Management group

Christmas Celebration

Please join us for a special Friday breakfast fika celebration on 18 December!

Instead of our traditional Christmas “glögg”, “Lucia” and “julbord”, we will gather online this year due to covid. Henrik will present the final CEC update for the year and we will make time to mingle and listen to Christmas jingle. For the occasion we ask you to dress up in your favourite holiday costume, put on a Santa hat or a crown of Christmas tinsel or anything of your choice. Please prepare some glögg and pepparkakor for the celebrations that begins at 10:15. See you there!


We warmly welcome Rebecca Malmström as a financial administrator. Rebecca will be responsible for purchases, invoices and will help out with other financial matters. We also welcome Anna Drews as a researcher working with Maria Hansson on Effects of invasive species at Hanöbukten bay and Baltic Sea ecosystems, and Margarida Soares as a postdoc working with Natascha Kljun on a BECC project that looks into forest fire impacts and aims to identify key ecological drivers for above- and below-ground ecosystem recovery.

We are happy to announce that Viktoriia Meklesh will stay at CEC for some time longer, working as a researcher with Per Persson on Characterization of soil organic material with spread and electron microscopy techniques. 

HR administrator Irene Bergstrand will be on leave during January-March. During that period, please contact Lena Söderberg for questions on time reporting and staff using time reports, Camilla King for questions on travel expense reports, and Lena Söderberg for other Primula matters. For recruitments and general HR questions, contact Karin Hofvendahl.

lena [dot] soderberg [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se
camilla [dot] king [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se
karin [dot] hofvendahl [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se


British citizens who want to stay in Sweden after 31 December 2020 must apply for residence status before the end of the application period on 30 September 2021. Read more about what applies to British citizens on the Swedish Migration Office’s website (in English).

Reminder of procedures for health promotion reimbursement

Reimbursements for health promoting activities purchased and paid for in 2020, must be registered in Primula no later than 15 January 2021. Read more about health promotion on Lund University’s Staff Pages

Reminder on deadline for Time reports, Travel Expense reports and Invoices

Due to the holidays, the deadline for submitting time reports and receipts for travel expenses in Primula is earlier than usual 21 December 2020. If possible, please submit your reports already now. If you are submitting a time report including working days December 22-31, please submit it as soon as possible but no later than January 2nd. If you have employees who submit time reports, it is your responsibility to ensure that they receive the information above. Invoices in Lupin (Proceedo) must also be processed before 21 December 2020. Invoices that come in after 21 December 2020 must be approved no later than 10 January 2021.

Please contact Irene Bergstrand, Lena Söderberg, Camilla King or Eva Stengard if you have any questions.

  • irene [dot] bergstrand [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se
  • lena [dot] soderberg [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se
  • camilla [dot] king [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se
  • eva [dot] stengard [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se


CEC’s Friday Breakfast talk is held every Friday the Teams group ”CEC” at 10:15. You should have received an invitation to the team “CEC“ – if not, use this link to join or use the code: 293u3aw in Teams.

  • Friday, 11 December 2020 at 10:15 – Per Persson and Henrik Smith will present CEC’s new organisation.
  • Friday, 18 December 2020 at 10:15 – End of year Season’s Greetings

Ceremony to thank Henrik for more than 20 years as Director of CEC

  1. Tuesday, 15 December 2020t 15:00 on Zoom.

Uncertainty and Evidence Lab group meeting  

  • Wednesday, 16 December at 10:00 - Welcome to attend this year’s last research group meeting. We will discuss a paper about the ODD protocol for describing agent-based and other simulation models. The paper can be found on JSSS website. Drop an email to Ullrika Sahlin to get the link to zoom.Ullrika [dot] sahlin [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se ()

Fossil findings in new thesis give clues to marine environmental changes

Today Sha Ni defended her doctoral thesis “Tracing marine hypoxic conditions during warm periods using a microanalytical approach”. If you missed out on listening to her defence you can read more about her research on the CEC newspage

CEC in the media

Sustainability Forum’s extended student mission highlighted
Anna Ekberg was interviewed in the student magazine Lundagård on Sustainability Forum’s new permanent and extended mission which now also includes more focus on student issues and integration of sustainability in the educations.
Article in Lundagård –

Climate change and how IPCC works

Markku Rummukainen was interviewed in Dagens Nyheter, in the paper’s special edition on climate and biodiversity, edited by Greta Thunberg, on how IPCC works.Så sammanställer FN:s klimatpanel IPCC läget för klimatet - DN.SE

Markku also responded to questions from the readers.

You can read the whole chat at (in Swedish)

Markku Rummukainen svarade på läsarnas frågor - DN.SE

If the articles are behind pay wall, you can find them and read them in Retriever Research/Mediearkivet. Log in with your LUCAT-id.

More LU news

See the attached newsletters.

Pictures and videos during your time at CEC – GDPR

During your time at CEC there will be pictures taken and videos shot at staff meetings etc. If you do not wish to appear in photos, videos etc. please notify Anna Maria Erling or Stina Johannesson. Find more information about data protection at Lund University.

anna_maria [dot] erling [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se
stina [dot] johannesson [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se

About the newsletter The CEC newsletter is sent to employees and those that are associated with CEC. The newsletter is sent out on Thursdays every second week. If you have anything you would like to add to the newsletter, please send your information to Karin Hofvendahl, no later than Tuesday the same week. karin [dot] hofvendahl [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se ()

LU newsletter nr 38 (PDF 485kB, new tab)
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Research data management presentation (PDF 1,5 MB, new tab)